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THE LATEST INFORMATION FROM THE CCAC

FIRST GLOBAL EFFORT TO REDUCE SHORT-LIVED CLIMATE POLLUTANTS

A foreword from CCAC Co-Chair, Rita Cerutti

Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada (left), and Rita Cerutti, CCAC Co-Chair, at the CCAC Executive High Level Assembly in Vienna, Austria, 21 July, 2016
My first Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Working Group meeting was in April 2016, in Washington DC. I was anxious, but excited at the same time. Anxious because it was my first CCAC meeting, with a big agenda and, well, 111 Partners! And, I was excited by the potential of the CCAC, and what can be achieved when a group of 111 like-minded Partners unite with the same vision and goals to tackle the most pressing environmental, social, and economic issue of our time, with a focus on reducing short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs).

It was this same excitement that permeated the Vienna International Centre on July 21 for the special Executive High Level Assembly (HLA) of the CCAC, on the margins of the Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (ExMOP). And why shouldn’t there be excitement? After all, a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phase-down amendment is one of the single most important immediate actions that can be taken now to contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement. 

CCAC Ministers and High Level Representatives set an ambitious tone for the ExMOP discussions that were to take place over the coming days; they were united and championed the adoption of global HFC phase down amendment in 2016; and they issued a strong communiqué making it clear that we must come together now, to ensure success in Kigali, Rwanda. They also launched, together with others, a “friends of ambition” group, which met the following day. The energy and commitment in the room at the HLA spilled over to the difficult discussions at the ExMOP where, in the end, progress was made and the momentum maintained for a successful outcome in Rwanda in October 2016.

But let me come back to that April 2016 CCAC Working Group meeting. At that meeting, Partners committed to make action on SLCPs a policy priority.  The outcomes from the Executive HLA in Vienna were a direct result of this commitment, but there have been other results ranging from SLCPs being highlighted in several key fora such as the G7 and UNEA, to commitments being made to reduce SLCPs in various regional fora such as the Forum of Ministers of Environment for Latin America, the North American Leaders’ Summit, and the US-Nordic Leaders’ Summit. Steps are also being taken to form partnerships with other organizations, such as the OECD. And this is all in addition to the efforts of individual CCAC Partners who have not just highlighted the importance of reducing SLCP in their own countries, but who have also taken action domestically to do so. 

In December 2015 in Paris, the world came together, and the Paris Agreement was the result. In November 2016, the world will once again unite, this time for the UNFCCC COP 22 in Marrakesh. CCAC Partners have an important role in highlighting the measures they are taking to reduce short lived climate pollutants, in integrating climate and air policies, and in making action on SLCPs a policy priority for each of our governments. The upcoming COP is yet another opportunity for the CCAC to show how reductions of SLCPs are an integral part of the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and how a vocal, active, and committed coalition of Partners can take fast action that aims to not only mitigate climate change, but to also provide significant benefits for air quality and health.

I am excited and proud to be working with you, and to be part of this effort! 

Rita Cerutti,
CCAC Co-Chair and International Affairs Advisor, Environment and Climate Change, Canada

Stories

Countries move closer to an agreement to further curb greenhouse gases under the Montreal Protocol
197 parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer laid the groundwork for an amendment to the protocol in 2016 to phase down the heat-trapping hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) at the Third Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties in Vienna, Austria.
Reducing Hydrofluorocarbons via the Montreal Protocol is the most significant climate action the world can take this year
On July 21, ministers and high-level representatives of 25 countries gathered at a special CCAC Executive High-Level Assembly in Vienna, Austria. CCAC partner countries and organizations adopted a communique at the HLA calling for the adoption of an ambitious hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phase-down amendment to the Montreal Protocol. 
CCAC and UNDP present preliminary results of emissions estimates from first 6 HFC inventories
The United Nations Development Programme, together with the CCAC's HFC Initiative, has completed National HFC Inventories for Bangladesh, Chile, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia and Nigeria. The inventories were carried out with the aim to remedy the limited data many developing countries have on current HFC use and projected demand.
BreatheLife Campaign launched at Second Global Conference on Health and Climate
The CCAC and the World Health Organization (WHO) launched its BreatheLife campaign at the Second Global Conference on Health and Climate. The Breathe Life campaign will raise awareness about the climate and health impacts from air pollution and how, by acting now to reduce short-lived climate pollutants, we can save millions of lives and slow near-term climate change.
Cities Climate Finance Training
The CCAC partnered in a training program jointly organised by Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV), Institute for Climate Economics (I4CE) and Climate-KIC for regions and cities in Morocco and Tunisia.
North American leaders commit to drive down Short-Lived Climate Pollutants
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico, and President Barack Obama of the United States agreed to align climate and energy policies under an ambitious partnership that includes increased cooperation to reduce short-lived climate pollutants. The leaders released a joint statement on July 29 outlining the goals of the North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership.
Poor air quality causing 6.5 million deaths a year, says IEA report
In its World Energy Outlook Special Report 2016, Energy and Air Pollution, released on June 27, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said poor air quality is responsible for 6.5 million deaths each year with many of the root causes coming from the energy sector. The IEA proposes a cost-effective strategy, based on existing technologies and proven policies, to cut pollutant emissions by more than half.
CCAC at the European Development Days: Quick wins for climate change and development
The CCAC hosted a side-event ‘Quick Wins for Climate Change and Development’ at the European Development Days in Brussels between 15thto 16th June 2016.

Requests, Proposals, and Tenders

Public Review of CCAC Oil and Gas Methane Partnership Technical Guidance Documents – The CCAC Oil and Gas Methane Partnership (OGMP) of its Technical Guidance Documents (TDGs) in order to take into account the latest scientific and technical developments, and quantification and mitigation options for methane emissions from upstream oil and gas operations. Interested stakeholders are invited to share any comments they may have on the TDGs before October 15th, 2016
Request for Proposals: Field studies to measure black and organic carbon emissions performance metrics – The CCAC opened a call for qualified experts to conduct field studies to measure black and organic carbon emissions performance metrics for clean-burning liquid and / or gas fuels during uncontrolled usage in households. 

Opinion pieces

Mexico City commits to a soot-free urban bus fleet
The ICCT’s Ray Minjares and Katherine Blumberg explores Mexico’s newly announced commitment to renovate its bus fleet with soot-free vehicles after President Peña Nieto’s commitment to much cleaner vehicle standards, an essential step in controlling ozone and particulates, two of the worst and most harmful air pollutants in Mexico.
North American methane target is a global win-win
Oxfam’s Thomas Damassa comments on how the North American Leaders’ Summit promotes win-win outcomes for climate and development.
Killers in Our Midst
Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of Environment, Peru, discusses the ‘killer’ that is air pollution. In Lima, Peru, nearly 80 per cent of the estimated 5,000 deaths per year from the city’s pollution may be caused by the fumes that its old fleet of minivans and buses belch into the air every day.
Thinking outside the carbon box
Oxfam’s Thomas Damassa makes the argument that governments, financial institutions, and development organizations are leaving climate mitigation opportunities on the table if they don’t also reduce non-carbon pollution— in particular, short-lived climate pollutants.

New CCAC publications

Vienna Communique
(Climate and Clean Air Coalition)

New Partner publications

Summary of the HFC Inventories prepared by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Leaders’ Statement on a North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership
Canada, Mexico, USA
North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership Action Plan
Canada, Mexico, USA
Experiences of Estimating HFC Emissions based on CCAC-Funded HFC Surveys
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Climate mitigation measures up to 2030: Short term climate effects and health effects
Norwegian Environment Agency
Towards cleaner air: Scientific Assessment Report 2016
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
Assessing Woodfuel Supply and Demand in Displacement Settings
Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)
Ministerial Declaration: 8th Ministerial Conference Environment for Europe
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
Energy and Air Pollution: Executive Summary
International Energy Agency (IEA)

Videos

WHO: Breathe Life – Clean Air, Healthy Future

WHO CCAC BreatheLife Campaign Video

Air pollution causes 1 in 8 deaths worldwide and is the largest single environmental health crisis we face. Launched by the World Health Organization and the Climate & Clean Air Coalition, Breathe Life is a global campaign to raise awareness of air pollution's impact on our health and our planet, and build a network of citizens, urban and national leaders, and health professionals to leverage change in our communities.

A message from Nigeria: Reducing short-lived climate pollutants should be part of every development project

Ms Bahijjatu Abubakar, National Coordinator of the Renewable Energy Programme, Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigeria, addresses delegates at the European Development Days, 2016. She highlights how the roll out of improved household energy products like clean cookstoves and lighting in Nigeria is protecting women and children from indoor air pollution, reducing climate warming black carbon, and leading to healthy, more productive lives.

Up-Coming Events

Kind regards,
The CCAC Secretariat
Email: ccac_secretariat@unep.org
Address: 1 rue Miollis (Building VII), 75015 Paris, France

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